Rarely do we take the time to learn about the industrial chemicals that are present in our everyday household items. Products like laundry detergent, hand soap, deodorant, toothpaste, all contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a strong industrial detergent that is also used in engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps. Manufacturers add SLS because of its easy availability and low cost, and also to add that magical foaming effect you notice in your favorite body wash or shampoo.
While we may not notice effects of SLS and fluoride (another dangerous compound) immediately, over time you can expect effects of accumulation. These compounds are not necessary and cause irritation at some level for most people. In lab studies, SLS is used as a skin irritant. For years I personally struggled with dry irritated skin until I figured out the chemicals that have been living with me all along in my toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and laundry detergent. These chemicals are a hidden danger, their negative effects are not studied thoroughly. Our skin can absorb anything it comes to contact with so including chlorine and fluoride, it is time we start making better choices for ourselves.
We start with toothpaste. Conventional toothpaste is usually packed with chemicals and detergents. The proven benefit of adding fluoride to toothpaste has been minuscule at best but there has been some serious evidence of fluoride being a major cancer causing agent. In your regular toothpaste you also find SLS as the first or second ingredient. When SLS enters the mouth it irritates the sensitive membranes of the mouth, causing many people to have mouth ulcers and gum issues. Again, during our life time we accumulate these chemicals and compounds in our bodies. There are many SLS free types of toothpaste. Those provide the same clean mouth without any unnecessary ingredients. If you are concerned with whitening your teeth, brushing them with baking soda for a period of time wil act as a light abrasive and clean your teeth. You can also make toothpaste out of baking soda and coconut oil.
Lets choose a fluoride and SLS free toothpaste next time you visit your local grocery or health store. Recently I discovered CORAL WHITE brand of toothpaste that is completely additive-free but still does an amazing job cleaning your teeth. You can get the Mint version and it will feel just like your old toothpaste. There is absolutely no need to absorb fluoride and irritate your mouth when a much healthier alternative is right around the corner. Next post we will talk about throwing away your old soap and shampoo and using a very effective natural product.